Have You Heard of National School Bus Safety Week?
Fall means cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes, and crisp autumn leaves. It also means the return of the big yellow school bus. Does your child ride a school bus? Do you drive near school buses? If yes, then it is time to talk about school bus safety. This conversation is especially timely because the third week of October is National School Bus Safety Week. Below, we will discuss school bus safety. We will also discuss bus stop safety for parents and drivers.
We hope the below discussion helps you make safe choices around school buses. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a bus accident. If a driver injures you in a bus accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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School Bus Safety
Did you know that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the following reasons for the increased safety of school buses.
Different by Design
Anyone who has seen a school bus knows how much more visible it is compared to a car. The color and design of a school bus ensures its visibility. School buses have additional safety features, including the following:
- Flashing red lights
- Cross-view mirrors
- Stop-sign arms
- Protective seating
- High crush standards
- Rollover protection features
Did you know that school bus passengers are protected through compartmentalization? Instead of using seat belts, children are protected from crashes by strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs.
Protected by the Law
All states have laws in place to protect children around buses. It is illegal for drivers to pass a school bus while dropping off or picking up passengers.
Bus Stop Safety
Now that you know why school buses are so safe, you may be wondering why National School Bus Safety Week is necessary. School bus safety is about more than the safety of the school bus. It is about staying safe around school buses.
Bus Stop Safety for Parents
Did you know that the greatest risk to your child is not riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one? If you have a child that rides a school bus, then you should work with your child, so they understand bus transportation safety. Incorporate the following NHTSA safety tips into your child’s school day routine.
Get Ready for School
School bus safety starts before the bus arrives. Encourage your child to do the following when getting ready for school:
- Wear bright colors so they are visible.
- Arrive early. Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus. It is dangerous to run behind or in front of a bus.
- Wait with space. Practice walking to the bus stop with your child and waiting. Teach your child to stand away from the curb.
Get On and Off Safely
Your child should also be careful when getting on and off the school bus. Talk to your child about the following:
- What to do when the school bus arrives.
- Only boarding and exiting the bus when the driver says it is okay.
- Waiting to approach the bus until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens.
Be Careful Around the Bus
The area around the school bus can be a dangerous place for a child. Talk to your child about how to act around school buses, including the following:
- Where to walk. Your child should never walk behind a school bus and never chase a school bus.
- How to cross the street in front of the bus. Teach your child to make eye contact with the bus driver when crossing. Additionally, they should place at least five giant steps in front of the bus before crossing.
Bus Stop Safety for Drivers
Did you know that Clark County School District Transportation maintains the largest owned-operated school bus fleet in the country? If you drive in Clark County, you are going to encounter a school bus and/or bus stop. Drivers play a pivotal role in bus stop safety. Drivers should incorporate the following bus stop safety tips into their driving routine.
Before backing out of your driveway, check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway, and around your vehicle. Take an extra look and drive slowly when leaving driveways and parking spots.
Watch for Children
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles reminds drivers that children are not small adults. Children can understand basic safety rules, but they do not have the judgment to cope with traffic until at least age 10.
- Children assume that if they see the driver, the driver sees them.
- Children are shorter than adults and cannot see over cars, bushes, and other objects.
- Slow down and watch for children near bus stops, parks, and schools.
- Children often act before thinking and may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
Follow the Law
School bus laws help keep everyone safe. Follow the law when you are driving around school buses. This includes following Nevada Revised Statute 484B.353(1) and (2) which states:
- Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the driver of any vehicle, when meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus, equipped with signs and signals required by law, which has stopped to receive or discharge any pupil and is displaying a flashing red light signal visible from the front and rear, shall bring the vehicle to an immediate stop and shall not attempt to overtake or proceed past the school bus until the flashing red signal ceases operation.
- The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is positioned in the other roadway. The driver of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus where traffic is controlled by a traffic officer.
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